Dana White: Jake Paul Contributed To Showtime Boxing’s Demise

Dana White has thrown shade at YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul, suggesting he contributed to the demise of Showtime Boxing.

Showtime went out of the combat sports industry at the end of 2023. Paul had fought under Showtime in a two-fight deal, with fights against Tyron Woodley. Showtime had Canelo Alvarez, Deontay Wilder, and the Charlo twins. Yet, those established champions couldn’t keep Showtime Boxing in business. Showtime cut ties with Paul, and shortly after, their boxing department shut down.

Paul has chosen to face non-pro boxers such as Mike Perry on July 20 or fighters past their prime who have big names such as Mike Tyson. While they draw up big interest, getting fans to part with PPV money is tough when there is a lack of competitive action.

And yet, Paul has raved over his PPV numbers. Reports indicate the Tommy Fury fight did over 800,000 PPV buys, while the Nate Diaz fight did 450,000. Those are impressive numbers, but White was not convinced, saying Showtime would have kept him and stayed afloat if that was the case. 

“I don’t know what he is really making. I believe if he was making the money he says he is making, Showtime Boxing wouldn’t have gone out of business. Showtime would have made sure they kept paying him,” White said

 

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